The Rover RSC_2016
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The Rover

This is quite simply a brilliant production of a brilliant play; and if there were only one thing you could get to see at Stratford this year, so far ...
King Lear by the Royal Shakespeare Company 2016
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King Lear

This is one of the most intelligent readings of King Lear that I have ever seen. For once, you do not go just for the towering performance of Lear or ...
The Sound of Music UK Tour 2016
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The Sound of Music

This is one of the best productions of The Sound of Music that I have ever seen on stage. The sets and costumes designed by Gary McCann are reasonably...
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The Two Noble Kinsmen

Shakespeare’s last work for the theatre, in collaboration with the young John Fletcher, is now acknowledged to be a part of the canon and is a troubli...
3.0★ ★ ★
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The Glenn Miller Story

I’m not sure quite how to define this show because I think it is a bit schizophrenic. On the one hand, if you are a Tommy Steele fan it is a kind of v...
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BBC Proms: The Makropulos Affair

Without a doubt, the BBC Prom performance on 19 August 2016 of janacek’s extraordinary opera The Makropulos Affair was a complete triumph, one of thos...
Peter Pan In Scarlet at Oxford Playhouse. Photo Geraint Lewis
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Peter Pan In Scarlet

Peter Pan in Scarlet is the official sequel to J M Barrie’s Peter Pan. Set in the late 1920s, that is, after World War I, the children of the original...
Handel's Alcina at Longborough Festival Opera
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Alcina

As is now traditional, the Longborough Opera Festival is ending its current season at its home base with a production dedicated to giving young singer...
Save the Last Dance for Me 2016
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Save The Last Dance For Me

So here’s the problem. Compilation musicals based on songs of an earlier era are as old as Talking Films. On stage more recently we have had several o...